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About the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice

Commercial free-to-air television content is regulated under the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice, which is developed by Free TV Australia in consultation with the public and registered with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

The Code regulates content in accordance with community standards; assists viewers in making informed choices about their own television viewing and that of children in their care; and provides effective measures for receiving and handling viewer feedback and complaints. 

In 2015 the commercial free-to-air television industry updated the Code for the modern media era, taking into consideration practical experience and external research into community attitudes, standards and expectations about content regulation, and how consumers interact with various media. A six-week public consultation period offered the viewing public the opportunity to contribute. A further consultation was undertaken in 2017 in relation to the regulation of gambling advertising in live sport during children's viewing hours. 

Before registering the updated Code (most recent change effective from 30 March 2018) the ACMA had to be satisfied that it provides appropriate community safeguards for the matters it covers; is endorsed by a majority of commercial television stations; and members of the public were given adequate opportunity to comment.

  Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice (2018)
  FACT SHEET: Overview of the Code of Practice